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Give Me ALL THE NOG with this Eggnog Espresso Martini

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Eggnog Espresso Martini with cinnamon stick, fresh nutmeg and coffee beans in a tall martini glass
Eggnog Espresso Martini

A classic cocktail, the espresso martini is only improved with the addition of eggnog. While it means that glorious head of coffee foam doesn’t sit on top of the drink I think it’s a fair price to pay for the luscious blend of eggnog and coffee in a fancy cocktail glass. 

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What is an Espresso Martini in the first place?

That beautiful espresso martini! In its classic presentation a dark black block with a creamy foam head on top, usually garnished with a few espresso beans. In the classic espresso martini we work with four main elements, espresso, coffee liqueur, vodka and simple syrup. It’s designed to wake you up as a late night drink – with a little alcohol to make it very booze forward as well.

Invented in 1983 by Dick Bradselt at the Soho Brasserie in London, it was made for a customer who asked for a drink to “wake her up and **** her up.” It was a blend of fresh hot espresso, vodka (which was kind of the thing in the 80s) and a coffee liqueur. 

Eggnog in the Espresso Martini works like a charm

Eggnog Espresso Martini with cinnamon stick, fresh nutmeg and coffee beans in a tall martini glass
Eggnog Espresso Martini

You don’t have that gorgeous foam, but you’ve got a creamy cocktail easy to dress up with a fresh grated nutmeg and coffee beans. I originally wanted to make a hot eggnog latte, but the eggnog was overpowered by the heavy espresso aromas. 

But switching to cold brew concentrate, and using a healthy dose of eggnog solved that worry, keeping everything balanced. While it may be better made with fresh espresso, we don’t have an espresso machine at home. Since it’s just a fun riff on the classic espresso martini I didn’t feel too worried about this tweak in the classic recipe.

Flavors in the Eggnog Espresso Martini

To ensure you get a great dose of that eggnog flavor, make sure you use a great eggnog, not a light eggnog or sugar free eggnog. Using one of those will likely make the end product taste processed and artificial. I used Evan Williams eggnog since I still had a bottle in the fridge. However, when I made my official homemade eggnog next week I’ll be using that version.

In addition to the eggnog, I wanted to make sure the coffee flavors really popped so instead of using the traditional Kahlua I’ve used Patron XO Cafe – and vibrant, rich coffee liqueur I prefer far over Kahlua.

While you can opt for vodka, like the traditional, I tested with both rum and whiskey and both were great options. And finally I added in just a touch of amaretto to add a bit of that sweet nuttiness that I find in homemade eggnogs that doesn’t always make it through to a store-bought nog.

How to Make the Eggnog Espresso Martini

Eggnog Espresso Martini with cinnamon stick, fresh nutmeg and coffee beans in a tall martini glass
Eggnog Espresso Martini

Simple and easy to make, you’ll pour the ingredients over ice in a shaker, shake vigorously until chilled. Then strain into a chilled martini glass. While you could make fancy holiday patterns with an espresso powder on the top I opted for simplicity. I added a dash of freshly grated nutmeg and three espresso beans.

Variations I tried included substituting vodka and rum for the whiskey I chose to round out vanilla notes. Rum tasted better to me than vodka. But I sometimes spike my eggnog with either rum or whiskey – so my expected flavor profile for anything with eggnog includes those flavors.

Other Holiday Cocktails You Should Try:

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  3. Salted Caramel Orange Hot Chocolate
  4. Gingerbread Martini
  5. Peppermint Chocolate Old Fashioned

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Eggnog Espresso Martini with cinnamon stick, fresh nutmeg and coffee beans in a tall martini glass
Eggnog Espresso Martini

Eggnog Espresso Martini

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Leave your December cares behind with this eggnog espresso martini featuring eggnog, cold brew, coffee liqueur, amaretto, and the base spirit of your choice. I loved whiskey and rum since I spike my eggnog with those flavors anyway.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine Dessert Cocktail
Servings 1


  • 2 oz eggnog
  • ½ oz coffee liqueur I used Patron XO Cafe
  • ½ oz cold brew concentrate
  • ½ oz rye whiskey
  • ¼ oz amaretto
  • Fresh grated nutmeg
  • Garnish: fresh grated nutmeg coffee beans


  • Combine eggnog, coffee liqueur, cold brew concentrate, whiskey, amaretto and a bit of fresh grated nutmeg in a shaking tin and add ice. Shake for 10-12 seconds, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with more fresh nutmeg and coffee beans.
Keyword coffee, eggnog, espresso, espresso martini, nutmeg
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By on December 15th, 2020
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Heather Wibbels is a whiskey and cocktail author (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.

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